Gastonia Teen Arrested For Double Murder

GASTONIA, NC– A Gastonia teen is in jail tonight accused of killing a pair of cousins inside their home.

17-year-old Jose Lopez-Rios faces two counts of First-Degree Murder. Police found him at a motel after tracking down one of the victim’s cars.

Family members found Derreck Brice and Lashea Coleman dead late last night inside a mobile home on Salemview road. Relatives say Coleman suffered from Cerebral Palsy and Brice took care of her.

“I don’t know why they shot him or what was the reason or what was going on for them to shoot him or his cousin like that.” said Brice’s wife, Shatarra.

Brice was a minister at New Generation Harvest Church in Gastonia. Police say Rios knew him but have not said anything about a possible motive.